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Monterey County Chapter 

Grief Medicine for Heartbreaking Times

  • 20 Jan 2024
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923
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Grief Medicine

for Heartbreaking Times


Saturday, January 20, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

with Amy Hyun Swart, LMFT

6 CEUs offered


Registration, Welcome, Announcements & Introductions: 8:30 am - 9:00 am

Workshop: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Morning break: 10:30 am -10:45 am

Workshop: 10:45 am -12:15 pm

Catered lunch (included in workshop price): 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Workshop: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Afternoon break: 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Workshop: 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Checkout and Certificates: 4:15 pm - 4:30 pm


Amy Swart, LMFT, believes that learning how to be with grief is necessary to be able to cope with both personal losses and the heartbreak of our times.  This workshop will explore individual and collective grief through the lens of somatic therapy, expressive arts therapy, and social justice.  The unhealthy qualities of modern society that perpetuate grief phobia will be examined.  

This is an experiential workshop with hands-on exercises to develop the most important skills needed to be an effective grief facilitator.  Participants can anticipate coming away knowing new ways to work with clients and groups in grief and how to be in closer relationship to grief in their own lives.

Measurable Learning Objectives

Therapists will be able to:

  • Apply at least two expressive arts techniques to help individuals in grief

  • Explain the importance of grieving in community and apply two techniques to offer in communal grief settings

  • Articulate why grief needs to be worked with somatically and apply two somatic interventions for grief

  • Identify how our left-brain dominant culture can inhibit the grieving process and reinforce grief phobia

  • Identify six kinds of heartache that most grief stems from

  • Know three characteristics that are necessary to possess as a therapist working with grief 

Presenter Bio

Amy Hyun Swart (she/her) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in grief and trauma in the modalities of somatic EMDR therapy and expressive arts. She was introduced to the healing power of grief work by way of her own life experience, the traumatic loss of a parent at an early age, and witnessing grief’s ability to bring people from different backgrounds together through connecting over the love for what was lost. As a grief activist, Amy views grief as a critical ingredient to move through these collectively heartbreaking times without losing our shared sense of humanity. Her work is informed by the wisdom of the body, the creative imagination, the healing power of nature, and the alchemical quality of community. She had the privilege of being a mentee of Francis Weller for five years and carries his teachings as the foundation of her work. She has been leading grief gatherings and courses since 2015, both in-person and online, and maintains a private practice in San Francisco. To learn more please visit or

6 CEs are included in the registration cost for this presentation


Licensed MC-CAMFT Members:  $95

Pre-Licensed MC-CAMFT Members: $75

Non-Members and Guests:  $125

Course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credits for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.


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Please Note: Certificates of completion will be awarded at the completion of the workshop to those who attend the workshop in its entirety, sign in and out, and complete the course evaluation form.

MC-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs and maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Provider# 050097.

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals

  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

  • LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

  • For questions about enrolling in CE or receiving your Certificate of Attendance, email

This event will not be recorded and will not be offered virtually.  

You may cancel for a full refund up to 15 days in advance of the event, or a 50% refund between 5 and 14 days in advance of the event. No refunds for cancellations within 4 days of the event or for no-shows or failure to attend due to emergencies. Unused funds cannot be applied to future workshops. All requests for refunds must be submitted by email at

The Monterey County Chapter of the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists (MC-CAMFT)  is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 

P.O. Box 3092, Monterey, CA 93942

Located on Ancestral Native Lands of Rumsen/Ohlone/Esselen Peoples

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